Is it possible to do something that is truly good? What would make that action good?
Your intentions or the results? Explore the multicultural roots of many of life’s
fundamental questions and how the answers are applied to diverse contemporary issues.
Engage in discussions and research on the history and development of philosophical
and religious points of view. Discover the teachings of the world’s most recognized
philosophers and religious leaders. The department offers a major and minor in both
philosophy and in religious studies.
With a strong commitment to the history of Western philosophy, the philosophy program
embraces philosophical traditions of other cultures; the ethical, social, and political
dimensions of life; and the various disciplines and schools within philosophy. The
program has been at the forefront of transforming traditional philosophy curriculum
by offering courses in both non-Western and feminist philosophy long before many colleges
and universities embraced the importance of diversity.
As once-foreign religions become part of the American culture, it is critical to understand
the beliefs and values that now shape our citizenry. Inseparable from the study of
the societies in which religions thrive, courses in religious studies cover a wide
range of cultures and beliefs, and prepare you for life in an increasingly global
Faculty members are recognized in their respective fields and have garnered recent
awards, including the 2014 Rogers Prize for the best paper published in the British
Journal for the History of Philosophy and a 2014 Best Paper by a Junior Scholar award
at the Diverse Lineages of Existentialism Conference. A number of faculty members
in the religious studies program are affiliated with the Baltimore Hebrew Institute, located in the College of Liberal Arts.
Towson’s Philosophy Forum and World Religions Roundtable are student-run, SGA-supported groups that promote discussion of various philosophical
and religious issues. The forums meet weekly and are open to all students.
Student Philosophy Journal
The Journal of Philosophical Ideas, Towson’s undergraduate philosophy journal, features student work. Students can contact
the department for more information about the journal.